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Reaction to president's DNC address
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- Date Sep 7, 2012
Reaction to president's DNC address
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Good morning to you after another late night watching the Democratic Convention -- night.
But a couple of weeks of -- -- -- out a couple of weeks and now it's over we can move on to the debates and the election sixty days or so for now I'm John Scott hi everybody and generally in the party -- -- there filing over.
The final sprint to Election Day is happening and today the president and governor Romney are Criss -- some very key battleground states.
Including New Hampshire.
Where four electoral votes are up for grabs not a big state job but it's still a very -- won this election they are going after it big time first though some highlights from the democrats' final night.
It put President Obama.
Against the advice of many to give that order and finally rid this dearth of Osama bin Laden.
-- Osama bin Laden if he is better off now that it was four years ago.
America is not in decline.
I've got news for governor Romney.
Thank congressman Ryan.
General -- Never ever.
It never makes sense it's never Bennett good bet to bet against the American -- Now I won't pretend the but I'm offering is quick.
I never had.
You can elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear you elected me to tell you the truth.
And the truth is there will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.
It will acquire common effort.
And the kind of bold persistent experimentation the Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this.
Well while the president only mention governor Romney by name once he repeatedly attacked Republican plans for Medicare.
Defense spending and taxes saying their policies would take America.
In the wrong direction.
Tom -- -- executive editor for real clear politics let's talk with him now about all of this.
The president said I'll tell you the truth those jobs numbers that are out this morning throw a big wet blanket on a lot of what he had to say last night don't think.
Yet they did John that was one of the worries of the White House was that that date -- have -- on this job that was coming up for a long time.
And I haven't been a good number would have read let me just interrupt -- and the president knew what the jobs number was before he gave -- speech.
That is what some people have said yes that the -- get them.
-- number last night we knew that before going -- but so they knew that you know if you had a a good job -- would have really reinforce his message.
And -- the argument that yes we're better -- for the country's moving in the right direction a batch jobs number like this one.
It does it it sort of undermines his argument and and -- You know -- -- wet blanket over over his convention coming out of the -- heading into the general election no question real clear politics keeps tabs on all of the polls nationwide and especially in the battleground states you average them out and give us an indication of how these two candidates are doing.
Right now you've got mr.
Obama ahead in Florida Ohio Iowa Nevada Colorado and Virginia.
It's my understanding the only one of the battleground states in which Mitt Romney leads he's North Carolina do I have that right.
That's right I think we've got -- got eight races I think John that are are less than two points.
Split between to -- -- Obama's leading in seven out of those -- as you mentioned Ron he's only leading North Carolina but again.
Very very close in a lot of these battleground states so.
You know Ronnie didn't get much of -- -- out of his convention.
We'll see whether Obama gets any bump out of his convention but this looks like it's it's that.
Locked in to be -- very tight race -- the next sixty days advertising could be key here in the Republicans seem to be in a better position and got more money to spend we know that Mitt Romney.
Is rolling out fifteen different ads in some of these battleground states today.
To talk about well I guess his plan and and what the president has or hasn't delivered.
Right again Obama spent a boatload of money early on hundreds of millions of dollars trying to frame Romney and didn't get a whole lot of out of it.
Romney now has access to his general election funds and he's now going to be able to outspend Obama over the next sixty days -- question is.
Whether his avalanche is spending will move the needle any in his direction didn't really work for Obama.
So we'll have to wait and see whether Romney's ads have any effect positive -- for him.
Both of these candidates are are going after the middle class just about every speech mentions -- middle class.
They are you seeing signs that it's working for either side.
Not yet John I mean this race is pretty static it's been locked enemy the only -- that we've seen really is sense out Romney picked Paul Ryan.
He's risen in the polls certainly at the national level in some of these key swing states like Ohio and Virginia and Florida.
Tighten those numbers up and right now the race is tied it's tied at the national level and as we just mentioned it in in -- these key swing states it is.
Well within the margin are these polls and and in some cases you know less than 1%.
And some suggest that the choosing of Paul Ryan the sort of help smooth out what might have -- A convention bump for Mitt Romney in other words he did it fairly early announced Paul -- selection well ahead of the convention earlier than most.
And that may have served as his convention bump you agree.
I do and it did definitely energized the Republican base runner up until that point.
There's lot of enthusiasm among Republicans for -- against Obama but not a lot of Republican enthusiasm for Mitt Romney I think the selection -- Paul Ryan because he is so well liked.
Help energize Republicans and that way.
Tom Bevan from real clear politics I'm sure you're up late last night to Tom thanks for joining us this morning.